So Long, Symbian: Nokia Handsets Running the OS Bowing Out this Summer

June 17, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Nokia has made it clear some time ago that it is placing hopes on Windows Phone. You too are aware of that, I guess. But then, who isn’t?

Once upon a time the Symbian OS had ruled the gadget space and the time has now come for Nokia to bid goodbye to the operating system. Ever since the Windows deal happened, Symbian was on its way out. And now finally, Nokia has decided to stop shipping Symbian smartphones.

Going by what the Financial Times reports, Nokia has not confirmed when it will stop selling Symbian devices. But we are sure that the shipping of these devices will end before the end of summer.


As we mentioned earlier, Symbian was once the biggest of the mobile operating systems in the world, and still remains popular in some emerging markets such as Asia. It has been estimated that Symbian held a market share of about 1.8 per cent in the European market, while in the Chinese market, it still accounts for about 2 per cent of the market.

And, according to research firm Gartner, Symbian made up just 0.6 percent of the global smartphone market in the Q1 of 2013 , and in the last year it was about 8.5 percent. It clearly indicates that the sales rate of Symbian devices have fallen in the last year. Going by the available stats, Nokia sold just 500,000 Symbian handsets during the Q1 of 2013.

So, that also means Nokia is all for Windows Phone.  During Q1, the company reportedly sold around 5.6 million Windows-based Lumia smartphones around the world.

The last Symbian smartphone from Nokia launched in mid-2012 and was named the Nokia 808 Pureview. It had a large 41-megapixel camera and considered as a camera oriented smartphone. But due to its old fashioned OS and high price tag, the device failed to move the mobile market.

But according to a Nokia, the Nokia 808 Pureview acted as a bridge for the next innovating device from the company. Though all are now abandoning Symbian OS, this platform once ruled the mobile market. Even the arguably the first smartphone named Ericsson R380 launched in 2000 came up with Symbian OS.

Nokia itself had a line-up of Symbian devices in the past.  History tells us that the first Symbian handset from Nokia was introduced in June 2001. This handset was named  the Nokia 9210 Communicator,and was the first phone in GSM markets with a multimedia experience in full color and a full-keyboard.

Later on , in 2002, Nokia launched another device named Nokia 7650 and it was Nokia’s first real Symbian phone with its S60 user interface. It had the first integrated digital camera and polyphonic ringtones.  Further on, Nokia’s first touch screen was introduced in 2004 and was dubbed the Nokia 7710. This handset ran on Symbian OS Series 90.

Now that the phone maker has decided to put a halt on the OS, it is indeed time to say goodbye.

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